ERIC Number: ED395681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Head Start on Children, Families and Communities. Final Report of the Head Start Evaluation, Synthesis and Utilization Project. Executive Summary.
McKey, Ruth Hubbell; And Others
This report summarizes the results of a study on the impact of Head Start on children's cognitive and socioemotional development, on child health and health institutions in the community, on enrollees' families, and on communities where Head Start programs operate. After discussing the background and methodology of the study, the report concludes that children enrolled in Head Start enjoy significant immediate gains in cognitive test scores, socioemotional text scores, and health status. In the long run, however, cognitive and socioemotional test scores of former Head Start students did not remain superior to those of disadvantaged children who did not attend Head Start. A small subset of studies did find that former Head Start students were more likely to be promoted to the next grade and were less likely to be assigned to special education classes than their peers. Head Start has also aided families and communities by providing health, social, and educational services to families and by linking families with services available in the community. (MDM)
Descriptors: Child Health, Cognitive Development, Community Involvement, Community Services, Educational Research, Emotional Development, Federal Programs, Health Services, Meta Analysis, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Social Development, Social Services
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: CSR, Inc., Washington, DC.